Deputy of Self-Esteem
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:36 pm
On some message boards, the admins have to manually activate accounts before the users can post. So the most obvious spambots don't get a chance to post. The downside is that it gives more work to admins, and legitimate users have to wait a certain time after registering before they can post.
If adding a simple question in the registration form doesn't stop the bots, maybe having a question randomly chosen out of several would work better?
I don't know if it's feasible, but you could add some rules such as, new users are not allowed to post links in their very first post, or post pictures, or write "viagra", etc., else they're automatically banned. It shouldn't bother real users too much if it only affects the first post. But as I said, I don't know if it's feasible.
Also I wonder if some captcha's are more effective than others? I assume the people doing them are trying to keep up with the bots.
Not interested in doing manual authorization. Unfair to the new users. Especially if staff goes absent.
I'm not convinced that random questions would work. I tried changing the question rapidly one time, manually mind you. Didn't stop the bots. Also didn't stop the bots when I changed the capatcha every hour.
Keyword banning... How many spam emails have you gotten including the word Viagra vs \/lAGR4?
But... not posting links... that may give me a few ideas...
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